Sadly, due to illness, the age of our associates and the departure of our leader, Sister M. Bernard to the Sisters of Mercy Care Home in Whitby, our group has held its final meeting. Monica and Tommy Mills are the last two standing ! !
We shall continue our Mercy journey together, Mercy Day will be celebrated in our cathedral here in Newcastle, an important church for the Newcastle Sisters throughout the years.
We have had many years of wonderful, prayerful meetings, and fantastic hospitality from Sister M. Bernard and we thank her and all our elderly and sick associates for their commitment to Catherine McAuley over the years in our monthly meetings. We would also like to thank Father Michael Stephens, our chaplain for his valuable input to our group. We are also grateful to Alnwick and North Shields Mercy Associates for our times together celebrating Mercy Day and retreat days.
Although we have been a small group, we have always supported local charities. Our biggest fundraiser has been a parish quiz night which was well attended by St. Teresa’s parishioners. We thank them for their support.
Catherine McAuley doesn’t disappear with the closure of the convent. She remains in our hearts forever.
We pray for the canonisation of Catherine in our lifetime.
Monica and Tommy Mills
Sister M Bernard, at the door of the now closed High Heaton convent. August 2021